Metal Forgings Manufacturer Cited for Serious Safety Violations

OSHA has cited Wyman Gordon Co., a metal forgings manufacturer, for 29 alleged serious violations of safety standards at its plant in Grafton, Mass. The company faces $109,500 in proposed fines following two OSHA inspections conducted between September 2008 and March 2009.

The first inspection, conducted under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting program, identified damaged support structures for overhead cranes; damaged support frames for large metal dies; slipping and tripping hazards; unguarded floors and platforms; missing access stairs; a damaged access ladder; non-functioning emergency exit lights; an overloaded fork truck; an overloaded lifting attachment; defective wire rope slings; unguarded machinery; improper storage of compressed gas cylinders; and several electrical safety deficiencies.

OSHA began the second inspection in response to a Dec. 23 incident in which two employees were injured when they were struck by a 700-pound forging that shot up in the air while they were attempting to free it from a malfunctioning die on a power press. OSHA cited Wyman Gordon for not developing procedures to prevent the build-up and release of hazardous energy generated by the press during the servicing.

"Each of these conditions must be addressed promptly, completely, and effectively to prevent future accidents and injuries, and help ensure the safety and health of the plant's employees," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director for central and western Massachusetts.

Wyman Gordon has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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